12 Jul 1945
  • Japanese representatives in the Soviet Union requested a update on the Japanese inquiry on the extension of the 1941 non-aggression treaty, getting little in the way of a response. ww2dbase [Manchurian Strategic Offensive | CPC]
  • More than 500 American B-29 bombers dropped incendiary bombs on a number of cities on Honshu, Japan. ww2dbase [Bombing of Tokyo and Other Cities | CPC]
  • A number of B-25 bombers based in Okinawa attacked military airfields on Kyushu, Japan. ww2dbase [Preparations for Invasion of Japan | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill departed Subic Bay, Zambales, Philippine Islands for her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Hawkbill | CPC]
  • USS Bailey departed Morotai escorting a convoy bound for Balikpapan, Borneo, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
  • Bernard Montgomery awarded Georgy Zhukov Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Georgy Zhukov | Berlin | CPC]
  • Bernard Montgomery awarded Konstantin Rokossovsky Knight Commander of the British Empire at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Konstantin Rokossovsky | Berlin | CPC]
  • USS Hackleback arrived at Guam, Mariana Islands, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Hackleback | CPC]
Hawaii Pacific Ocean
  • USS Tamalpais crossed the equator on her way from Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands to Manus in the Admiralty Islands. ww2dbase [Line Crossing Ceremony | Tamalpais | DS]
  • Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Steamer Bay and her replenishment group arrived on station 500 miles east of Honshu, Japan. ww2dbase [Steamer Bay | DS]
Photo(s) dated 12 Jul 1945
US Secretary of State James Byrnes, President Harry Truman, and Admiral William Leahy meeting aboard USS Augusta, 12 Jul 1945Georgi Zhukov, Konstantin Rokossovsky, and other Soviet officers greeting Bernard Montgomery and other British officers at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany, 12 Jul 1945Georgy Zhukov, Bernard Montgomery, Konstantin Rokossovsky, and Vasily Sokolovsky (rear row, between Montgomery and Rokossovsky) in Berlin, Germany, 12 Jul 1945; note Brandenburg Gate in backgroundBernard Montgomery awarding Georgy Zhukov Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany, 12 Jul 1945
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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